Definition of biathlon in English:

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Pronunciation: /bʌɪˈaθlɒn/
Pronunciation: /bʌɪˈaθlən/


A Nordic skiing event in which the competitors combine cross-country skiing and rifle shooting.
Example sentences
  • One of the most exciting events was the biathlon, which combines cross-country skiing with shooting at targets at a range of 50m.
  • As in traditional competition, biathlon consists of cross-country skiing and shooting.
  • Eight biathlon events, 12 cross country ski races and three Nordic combined events were held on the 31 kilometer course.



Pronunciation: /bʌɪˈaθliːt/
Example sentences
  • Four of the top US biathletes will comprise the World Cup team for the competitions prior to Christmas.
  • ‘I've known all along that my shooting was the weakest link in making me a successful biathlete,’ he admits.
  • And it was not only an interservice competition, for we also competed with some of Australia's finest biathletes and cross-country skiers.


1950s: from bi- 'two' + Greek athlon 'contest', on the pattern of pentathlon. Compare with duathlon.

Words that rhyme with biathlon

heptathlon, pentathlon, tetrathlon, triathlon

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: bi|ath¦lon

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